Linked by Christian Paratschek on Tue 2nd Nov 2004 16:46 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu By all means, Ubuntu Linux and Canonical Ltd. have made a spectacular arrival on the Linux scene lately. The combination is like a dream come true for many, many Linux aficionados: tightly selected bleeding edge packages to focus the distribution on a single CD, corporate backing, 18 month support, that all sounds like a formidable package.
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Re: Really? NO dual booting?
by BrendanB on Wed 10th Nov 2004 05:31 UTC

That's not entirely accurate.

I've setup 4 systems that dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu, and all 4 run on different hardware. All four dual boot fine.

Grub's install actively hunts for "other" operating systems during installation, if it fails, you can manually re-run it, or LILO. Grub will not always find alternate operating systems if you have SCSI drives, or SATA, as it sometimes makes certain "assumptions" about where the boot drive "should" be, not actually "where" it is..

A quick google search will give you a plethora of ways to configure Lilo or Grub to allow for dual boot with Windows XP, or any other operating system for that matter.

Grub and Lilo in most cases are agresive in that the default is to write to the boot block. Starting the install in expert mode allows for quite some granularity of control, again that is something most distro's share.

Remember, Ubuntu is new, it's not going to have the huge software trove that more mature linux O/S's are going to have.. however it is off to a flying start.. the same argument was put forward when Fedora 1 first came out.